Steinbrenner: Aaron Boone, Coaches 'Absolutely' Right for Yankees Despite Struggles

AP Photo/Kathy Willens After a slow start, there has been a lot of criticism about the New York Yankees. However, it seems that there are no major changes for the coaching staff. According to Bryan Hoch, MLB.com, Hal Steinbrenner, Yankees chairman, said that Thursday's manager Aaron Boone and his coaching staff are "absolutely the right people" to lead the team. Steinbrenner also expressed his faith Thursday in Brian Cashman, general manager. He said, "The team we assembled leaving spring training was very good," according to Marly Rivera from ESPN. They haven't lived up to their potential." The Yankees entered Thursday's game with a record of 41-39, which is good for fourth in the AL East and 8.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays. New York is also 5.5 behind in the wild-card race. This could be the team's first season without a playoff appearance, since 2016. This organization has high expectations. However, there are also hopes for a World Series title. The team boasts one of the best lineups in baseball. Spotrac also reports that the team's payroll is estimated at $201 million in 2021. This makes it the second-highest MLB payroll, behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. In Boone's inaugural year as a Yankees player, the Yankees won 100 games. They followed that up in 2018 with 103 wins. However, the team has not been able to move beyond the American League Championship Series. Boone would be out of the playoffs in 2021, but Steinbrenner appears to still be in the manager's seat at the half-way point.

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